Save The American Cultural Heritage By Advocating Marva Collins Way Of Education
We are a rebirth of Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, IL, founded by the great educator Marva Collins in 1975. Now Marva Collins Academy in Reno, NV, is a pending public charter school led by her son, Mr.Patrick Collins.
Marva Collins was known for successfully educating impoverished students by applying classical education, in particular, the Socratic method, modified for use in primary schools. She was awarded the 2004 National Humanity Medal, a true hero & the role model of educators.
At Marva Collins Academy, we focus on asking inspiring questions, not answers. We inspire students to ask incisive questions to go deeper, not to memorize standard answers from text books. We sculpt an inquiring, probing mind by continually digging into the subject with unearthing questions.
The Marva Collins teachers not only can inspire thoughts but also capture the attention of students through life lessons, and practical applications.
We deliver this mission through the Marva Collins Way of education.
The Marva Collins Way embodies the ideal of Amantes sapientiae (Lovers of knowledge), that motto looms like a shadow in every lesson that is taught using the Marva Collins Way.
The Marva Collins Way is the systematic and intentional shaping of the total child. Each scholar is guided by the belief that he/she has the power to shape his/her own future.
The Marva Collins Way promotes a sense of responsibility to each scholar's own education, family, the global community and nature.
The Marva Collins Way challenges each scholar's mind and spirit, provides a solid foundation of academic skills, such as, the ability to read, write, speak and calculate with clarity and precision, and integrity needed to leave a positive footprint on our global society, and confidently succeed in his or her high school, college and career pursuits.
Patrick Collins is the son of nationally renowned educator Marva Collins. Marva Collins' work with inner-city children has been celebrated in Time Magazine, News Week, People and numerous other publications, and television news programs. The success of Marva Collins’s accomplishments was made into a television movie starring Cicely Tyson as Marva Collins and, Morgan Freeman as Clarence Collins.
Patrick obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Loyola University. In 1987 Patrick Collins enlisted in the United States Army- Basic Training Fort McClellan, Anniston AL, and Jump School Fort Benning GA, and Warrant Flight Officer School Fort Rucker Alabama MOS 153A Rotary Wing Aviator, assigned to Bravo Company 2/4 Field Artillery Brigade in support of the Pershing II missile Neu Ulm Germany.
Patrick was honorably discharged from the United States Army and worked as a K-4th-grade teacher, Head Master of Marva Collins School and Educational Seminar Presenter, Educational consulting service provider.
Patrick has a cornucopia of resources to not only inspire thought but also capture the attention
of students through life lessons, and practical applications. He is specialized in:
Patrick's passion for early education will be dedicated to Marva Collins Academy in Reno, Nevada.
Jin Lan McCann is an immigrant from The People's Republic of China. She is a natural entrepreneur who has initiated successful businesses in various industries ranging from service to manufacturing sector in China. Her extensive international experience has given her the skills and insight to glean strategies and apply real-world experiences that impact the business, education and leisure sectors with highly successful results. Her studies have included worldwide exposure to the most complex engagement in international academia.
As a young girl working on a central government-owned luxury liner cruising on the Yangtze River, Jin Lan had the opportunity to observe the Nobel laureate Economics professor James Torbin from Yale University, lecture the top Chinese leaders on economic reform. That experience inspired her interest in economics, and she jumped into the sea of commerce once China opened its market.
Jin Lan has a broad life of experiences. Not only was she invited to sleep in a peasant's grass bed in Confucius' hometown, but also was invited to Dr. Henry Kissinger's office for tea. Not only she enjoyed cooking for her peasant workers their favorite Cantonese soup at the construction project cites and cleaning up the mess for the homeless people in Reno, Nevada, but also enjoyed a lunch hosted by Lord Eatwell at Queens College of Cambridge and a tour of the British Parliament hosted by Lord Borwick. She has saved lives from the mafia, death penalty and sickness, but never expected recognition nor compensation for her dedication.
Jin Lan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Wellesley College. As an author, she wrote a book entitled, Powered By Wellesley, which encourages the Americans to rediscover the ancient wisdoms of human history.
Jin Lan has a passion for education. In 2009, she was awarded an Academic Excellence Award as a peer mentor at Western Nevada College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Jin Lan believes that all students can succeed if the educators can connect with the students and inspire them to be motivated to reach their highest potential, so they will enjoy the utmost freedom in the future. The rest will naturally unfold, and no one will be able to stop them.
Jin Lan believes that the Marva Collins Way of education can put wings on your dreams. People just need to believe in themselves and fly.
Claude B. Hutchison attended local public schools and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. After service as an officer in the U.S. Navy, he earned an MBA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1965, then returned home to resume his banking career ultimately serving as President, Director and Chief Operating Officer of Security National Bank in Walnut Creek.
In 1983, he founded CivicBank of Commerce in Oakland to serve the East Bay's independent business and professional communities.
He served as Managing Director for Navigant Consulting, Inc., an international management consulting firm, and the Director of Summit Medical Center in Oakland. He also served as Director for HEALS and QualMed Plans for Health, two Bay Area health services companies.
In addition to his business experience, Claude offers about 50 years of active community service, where his focus has been on education. He served as President of the Lafayette School Board and as a Regent for the University of California. He also served as Director and President of the California Alumni Association, Director and Executive Vice President of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the One Hundred Club, a group of civic leaders in support of the Oakland Boys and Girls Club.
He is also past president of the Commonwealth Club of California, a nationally acclaimed public affairs forum.
Claude and his wife, Sue, a former elementary school teacher, have been married 57 years. They have three grown children -- Scott, Kelly and Kacy -- and a new granddaughter, Alexandra.
Cynthia Patmont is a teacher for The Douglas County School District.
As an undergraduate, Cynthia studied Studio Arts at Humboldt State University where she concentrated on sculpture and ceramics. She is a 08' Graduate from Sierra Nevada College, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. For her thesis project, she designed a literacy program for students who traveled daily on hour long bus routes.
Upon earning her Nevada teacher license from Sierra Nevada College, Cynthia began teaching in the primary grades at Minden Elementary School. This is her 13th year as a Douglas County Teacher. She is currently teaching PreSchool - 5th grade Art and works as a reading and writing interventionist.
Cynthia was very honored last year to receive the 2020 Distinguished Teacher Award for Pinon Hills Elementary School. She considers it quite an honor to have been selected as the award recipient as the staff of the school both nominates and votes for the candidates. Staff members honored her as an educator for her kindness and supportive nature towards colleagues and families. "Many students spend their recess time learning from her and working on projects. Mrs. Patmont is masterful at incorporating literacy into her art instruction" (J. Reid, Personal Communication, October 8, 2020).
Cynthia has a special appreciation for teaching literacy. She struggled as a child to learn how to read and feels great compassion and sympathy for her students that struggle as she did. This compassion was the reason she got into education. Cynthia works daily to help students overcome their struggles and grow their confidence as learners.
Cynthia lives with her husband, two children and her dog in the beautiful Carson Valley. She enjoys many outdoor activities like hiking, biking and skiing.
James Ferreira has been the Superintendent/Principal of Yuba City Charter School in California since July of 2012. He was born and raised in Yuba City.
Mr. Ferreira attended Yuba College and completed an Associate of Arts degree, then transferred to Chico State where he finished his Bachelor of Arts degree and Teaching Credential. He earned his Master of Education degree in educational management from the University of La Verne in 2004, and received his Administrative Credential.
His career began teaching 7th and 8th grade English at Terrace Middle School. He then relocated back to his home town of Yuba City where he taught English at Yuba City High School for eighteen years.
He served one term as a Trustee for the Yuba City Unified School District and stepped down at the end of that term to become the Superintendent of Yuba City Charter. He has directed YCCS under the main premise that the individual needs of each individual student will be the most important concern of the school.
Joshua Fleming is a Community College Professor of English since 2004 at Western Nevada College. The majority of his time has been devoted to supporting instruction in recent years.
He has an Associate of Arts degree in English from Sierra Community College; a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cal Poly State University; and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Joshua believes that connection and inspiration are everything when it comes to helping students achieve their goals. Classes need to be designed and delivered in such a fashion that students feel inspired and purposeful in their learning, and, for students to be successful, teachers need to be closely engaged with their students, whether they’re sitting in a traditional classroom or learning via an online platform.
Within the Division of Learning and Innovation at WNC, Joshua conducts regular individual and group training sessions with professors across a range of disciplines to optimize the experience of learning--and teaching, particularly in the online environment.
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